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Table of Contents


Poetry Unit Requirements………………………………….
Art Project Assignments……………………………………
Acrostics..........................................................................................
Cinquain...........................................................................................
Alphabet Alliteration .....................................................................
Haiku………….............................................................................
Five Senses......................................................................................
Color Poem.....................................................................................
Concrete Poem...............................................................................
Diamante.........................................................................................
Limerick...........................................................................................
Two Word Poem............................................................................
Critiques Sheet................................................................................
Grading Sheet.................................................................................


Poetry Unit Requirements


1. You will be writing different types of poems. Your overall grade will depend on following directions, your poem’s quality, and your effort on the poem’s illustrations. See the grading chart to determine the criteria for points.

2. Final copies of poems should be typed on the computer or handwritten in your neatest writing. If you hand-write your poems, pencil is preferred since spelling is expected to be perfect on the final copies. Then you will need to go over it with a fine-tipped marker. You will be creating different art pieces to go with each poem, so when you finish your art work you will need to neatly cut out the copy of your poems to paste on each piece.

3. Write one poem per sheet of paper. You will paste your poem to a sheet of construction paper after you have finished the art work for the poem. Both the poem and artwork will go on one piece of paper. Include the name of the type of poem, and the title of the poem at the top of each page. Do not use the back of the paper.

4. As you complete each piece, you will put them in your poetry portfolio folder that we made together in class. This is where ALL pieces of poetry and art work should be stored when you are done with them or they dry.

5. After all pieces of work are completed you will be given instructions for putting together the cover of your poetry book.

6. You will be asked to write a self-reflection “feelings” paragraph on the self-critique page. Include items such as: Did you have fun writing the poems? Which poems were your favorites? Did your mind change from the beginning of the unit to the end? Any other comments or feelings you have about poetry. You will also need to share your poetry books with one student peer and one adult in the school and have them write constructive criticism about your book.

7. Have fun with poetry and be creative!


Art Projects

Unless noted next to the art project, you may choose any one of these art projects for any one of the poems you write. You will write 12 poems and make one of the following art projects for each poem. Here are the projects:

1. Computer Fonts: You will use the computer and Microsoft Word for this project. You will use different fonts to type the letters of the alphabet. Be sure to type them in a large font 36 – 48. Cut them out and glue them before each sentence of your poem for the first letter, or type the rest of each line in a normal font. There will be several different fonts loaded onto Microsoft Words for you to use. (*Alphabet Alliteration Only*)

2. Texture Painting: Paint a picture using items with many different textures. Sponges, crumpled paper, pompoms, pipe cleaners etc. Spread some paint onto a paper plate and dip your item into it. Then push the item down on your paper to make the design of your creature.

3. Watercolors: On a piece of white paper trace a picture in pencil of the scene you wrote about and then paint it in watercolors. Don’t use too much water or it will ruin your picture.

4. Printmaking: You will use a piece of cardboard and yarn to create a picture of your theme of your poem. “Draw” your picture with glue and then glue the string down. After your yarn picture dries, you will spread some paint onto a paper plate. Be sure to spread the paint all over the plate. Next, lightly push your cardboard yarn face down into the paint. Then you will pick up the cardboard yarn picture and place it facedown onto your paper. You can repeat this over and over again on your paper, or just do it once. It’s up to you. Then, after your first coat dries, you can try a different color and place it over the first. It created a really neat repeated effect!

5. Diamante Diamond: For the Diamante Poem you will write your poem on a diamond piece of paper and glue it to a piece of construction paper. (*Diamante Poem Only*)

6. Drawing: Create a pencil drawing and then color it in with colored pencils. (Colored pencils only!!!)

7. Photograph: You will paste a picture of your person at the top of the paper and write (or cut out a typed copy) below it. (*Two Word Poem Only*)

8. Construction Paper Collage: Create a picture by cutting out your picture from construction paper and gluing them to a piece of black construction paper. Use several different colors to make “layers” of your picture. See me if you need an example.

9. Warm/Cool Pictures: Draw a picture showing the theme of your poem in pencil on a half piece of construction paper. (I will provide the paper.) Then give it to Mrs. Pfanschmidt to make a copy of your picture. You will get back a piece of paper with two of your pictures on it. Color one picture in “cool” colors (blues, greens, purples, etc.) and the other in warm colors (reds, oranges, yellows etc.)

10. Concrete Poem: Your poem in the drawing shape will be your art work for this poem. Acrostic Poem
Acrostics are poems that go down and across. The poems don’t have to rhyme, and they can have as many words as you like. You can choose any subject you like, even your own name.
Here are some examples:

C runchy, munchy
O h, so sweet
O odles of chocolate and nuts
K ids love them!
I like to eat them hot from the oven
E veryone waits for them to cool.


J umps high
O ver the high jump bar
H ighest on the team
N ever a bad attitude
N ice to everyone
Y es, he’s a great kid!

S occer player extraordinaire
M any animal pets at home
I ntelligent, especially at math
T en years old on May 12th
H e likes to write Acrostic Poems!


Cinquain Poem


“Cinq” means “five” in French. A cinquain is a special kind of five-line poem with a very strict form.

Line 1 One word – the subject of the poem
This word is a noun.
Line 2 Two words describing the title
These words are adjectives, words that describe the noun
Line 3 Three words expressing action
These are verbs which tell what the noun in line one
does. Separate the verbs with commas.
Line 4 Four words expressing a feeling
This can be a short phrase or a series of words.
Line 5 One word that is another word for the subject
This should be a synonym for the subject

Here are some examples:
Eyes
Large, mysterious
Watching, rolling, blinking
Tell more than words
Vision
Cats
Independent, friendly
Meowing, purring, sleeping
I love my cat
Feline
Motorcycle
Dirt bike
Noisy, fast
Racing, climbing, crashing
Adventure


Alphabet Alliteration Poem

In alliteration, each important word in the line begins with the same letter. These poems end up being crazy, nonsense poems. Use your imagination and alliteration skills to write three words for each alphabet letter. If you want to, write longer alliteration phrases.

The first word should be an adjective (word describing a noun), followed by a noun (the subject - the person or thing), followed by a verb (showing the action that the subject does).

For example:

A wesome ants ache
B ony baboons bake
C razy cats crawl
D izzy dogs drool
E ager egrets eat
.
. etc.
.
Z ippy zebras zoom

A rtistic anteaters ate anchovies in the afternoon in autumn
B eastly bears begged for bamboo and bread with butter
C ostly critters cut catnip for crying cats top chew
D esperate dingoes dig for dinosaur bones using dull diggers
.
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Haiku Poem
Haiku is a form of ancient Japanese poetry. The poems are often written about things in nature or seasons. They are also written about emotions or feelings about something. Haiku poems are not written as complete sentences. They are more often written as short thoughts and capitalization and punctuation is up to the writer.

Haiku follows this form:

Line 1. 5 syllables
Line 2. 7 syllables
Line 3. 5 syllables

Include images that appeal to the five senses. What colors do you see? What sounds can you hear? What is the taste of the image? What smells do you notice? How does it feel? Since you are very limited in the number of syllables you can use, try not to repeat words and limit the use of unimportant words.

Examples:
Waking up to chirps
Birds singing in the morning
Beautiful bird songs

The evening sun sets
Brilliant colors glimmering
Beautiful sunsets

Yellowstone, geysers
Mud pots, geysers and camping
Big place for nature




Five Senses Poem


Five senses poems use your senses to study or investigate a subject. The focus of the poem is on using similes. Similes are comparisons between two unlike things using with words “like” or “as.”

Directions:

Line 1. Tell what color an emotion or idea looks like to you.
Line 2. Tell what the emotion or idea tastes like (imagine it has a taste)
Line 3. Tell what the emotion or idea sounds like.
Line 4. Tell what emotion or idea smells like.
Line 5. Tell what the emotion or idea looks like.
Line 6. Tell how the emotion or idea makes you feel.

Examples:

Summer is yellow.
It tastes like lemonade.
It sounds like kids splashing in a lake.
It smells like dandelions.
It looks like boating.
It makes me feel overjoyed.

Rain is clear.
It tastes like water.
It sounds like pounding on your windows.
It smells like fresh pine trees.
It looks like dew drops on plants.
It makes me feel cool.



Color Poem


Color poems use your imagination and senses to investigate a subject. The focus of the poem is on using similes and metaphors. Similes compare two unlike things using with words “like” or “as.” For example: "The lake is like a whirlpool". Metaphors are like similes without using the word "like" or “as”. They state that one thing is something else. An example of a metaphor is “The lake is a whirlpool.”

Directions:
Line 1: (color) is like the sound of .
Line 2: (color) is like the smell of _.
Line 3: (color) is like the taste of .
Line 4: (color) is like the feel of _.

Example:
Blue is like the sound of jets flying through the clouds.
Blue is like the smell of freshly washed bed sheets.
Blue is like the taste of blueberry Kool-Aid.
Blue is like the feel of the snow while I’m skiing at Mt. Bachelor.

Brown is like the tastes of rich, thick chocolate as you smooth it around your tongue.
Brown is like the smell of tangy spices, soaking into barbecued meat.
Brown is like the sound of construction equipment, struggling to move the earth.
Brown is like the feeling of sluggishness, like lying around all day.



Concrete Poem


A concrete poem, or shape poem, is written to represent objects which they describe. The poem can be written in the shape of the object. Artwork adds to the visual effect of this type of poem.

Examples:



Art: Your poem in the drawing shape will be your art work for this poem.Diamante Poem


A diamante poem is a poem written in the shape of a diamond. The form begins with a short line, its lines become progressively longer, and then its lines become shorter again. It deals with opposites so you will need to begin by thinking of an idea with an opposite.

Directions:



Opposite #1

2 Adjectives describing opposite #1

3 verbs related to opposite #1

2 nouns related to opposite #1; 2 nouns related to opposite #2

3 verbs related to opposite #2

2 adjectives describing opposite #2

Opposite # 2



Example:





tropical

warm, summery

swimming, sunning, surfing

sandy beaches, hula girls, polar bears, Santa Claus

freezing, snowing, blowing

cold, wintery

Artic













Limerick



A limerick is a five line poem that is funny or nonsensical. The first line of the limerick often begins with “there once was…” or “there was a….” A limerick has a distinctive rhyme pattern, with lines 1, 2, and 5 rhyming together and lines 3 and 4 rhyming together.



Ask these questions when writing a limerick:



Who was involved?

Where did it take place?

What happened?

How did it end?



Examples:



There once was a man on the moon,

Who flew in a hot air balloon.

To the red planet Mars,

Where he sold brand new cars

For Martians to ride on the dunes.







There once was a mighty big dog

Who thought he was really a frog.

He would leap in the air

And people would stare,

He’d land perfectly upon a fat log.







Two Word Poem

A two word poem is a poem written with two words on each line. The subject of the poem could be anything, but for this assignment you will use the two word poem as a “character sketch” of someone you admire. It may be someone famous or a relative. It is your choice. You will need a photograph of your person for the poems artwork.



Example:



Cal Ripken, Jr.

Orioles shortstop

Now third

Number eight

Drinks milk

Plays everyday

Always ready

Signs autographs

Baseball legend

My hero



My Mother

Tall, blond

English teacher

Funny, friendly

Nana’s daughter

Strong, supportive

Role model

Loving mother

Best friend















Finishing up your poetry books…



  • You may make a Table of Contents – put the type of poem and page number (use the “tab” button to push your numbers over) for each, you can do it like the following:



Diamante 4

Two Word Poem 5

Limerick 6

Cinquian 7




etc…




  • To make your cover page you will need to make a flower like the example on the back table. Use the tracing patterns to trace 2 leaves and the top bloom. You will need to unfold the bloom completely to trace your pattern, after you can fold the two side edges in to write your “poem” to your mom (or whoever you will give your poetry book to). Then cut a strip for your stem (there is no tracing pattern for the stem). Glue all parts to a piece of your choice of construction paper AFTER you write (or type and cut out to paste) your poem on the inside. Use the following poem:




Mom,




Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

I worked really hard

to make this for you!




I love you!




Happy Mother’s Day

2010

or




My Poetry Book

2010




(put in your name for “my”)



  • When you are completely done with all of these steps and your poetry and art work, bring your book to Mrs. Pfanschmidt and we can bind it. Then you can start the critique part of the project. SELF REFLECTION AND CRITIQUES

Write a few thoughts explaining your feelings about writing poetry. Which poems did you enjoy most? Did your feelings about poetry change as you completed this unit? Then, share your poetry book with two other people (only one may be by another student). Your other person should be an adult here at school. Choose a library media specialist, your guidance counselor, an instructional aide, etc. You decide! Have these people write a few comments about your creativity and efforts then have them sign their name.



Self Reflection:























Student Peer Critique:























Adult Critique:







POETRY UNIT GRADING SHEET (50%)

Required Elements
Exceeds Expectations
10 pts
Meets Expectations
8 pts
Below Expectations
6 pts
Score
Poetry Book Cover




Table of Contents




Self Reflection & Critiques




Artwork & Visual Elements




Spelling & Punctuation Accuracy




Neatness of Work




Timeliness







Total:






Poetry Score Sheet (50%)

Scores for poems:
Excellent – followed directions, perfect punctuation and capitalization, great word usage (10 pts.)
Good – generally followed directions, few punctuation and capitalization mistakes, used good word usage. (8 pts.)
Poor – did not follow directions for most poems, or many punctuation and capitalization mistakes, poems did not make sense or flow well. ( 6 pts)
Score
Acrostic




Cinquain




Alphabet Poem




Haiku




Five Senses




Color Poem




Concrete Poem




Diamante




Limerick




Two Word Poem







Total: